What are the signs and symptoms of Rabies?

Rabies is a rare but very serious and life-threatening infection of the brain and nerves. It is usually caught from the scratch or bite of an infected animal, most commonly a dog but not always.  Rabies is not found in the UK other than in a small number of wild bats, so it presents no risk but it is present in other parts of the world particularly Africa, Asia and in Central and South America.  There is a rabies vaccineavailable for those at risk and who are travelling to areas where you are at high risk and you can arrange it as a part of the suite of travel vaccinationsoffered at our travel clinic in Epsom.

What are the signs and symptoms of rabies?
After transmission of the infection from a bite or a scratch, the signs and symptoms of rabieswill usually appear within a timeframe of around three to twelve weeks but the onset can be much more rapid.  The symptoms will include:-

  • A high temperature or fever
  • Headache
  • Feelings of anxiety and a general sense of malaise and illness
  • Discomfort or pain at the site of the original bite or scratch

After the initial onset, further symptoms will begin to appear including:-

  • Confusion and disorientation
  • Aggressive or hostile behaviour
  • Excessive production of saliva or frothing at the mouth
  • Muscle spasms which can lead to difficulty in breathing and swallowing

Once these symptoms have appeared the disease will be mostly untreatable but is, however, very responsive to treatment if intervention takes place as soon as the bite or scratch occurs.  Stay safe and have a rabies injection.

If you are travelling to parts of the world where rabies is at large and think you may be at risk, then we offer the rabies injection as part of the travel vaccinations programme at our Epsom travel clinic.  Receive advice and guidance on the vaccinations appropriate to your travel schedule plus information about how to stay safe whilst you are abroad.  Check out the website for more information.  https://www.milespharmacy.co.uk